The Science Behind Zombies, Could it Happen?
This is a continuation of my last thread “End Times Zombie Plague in the Bible”. in Which I proposed that the biblical quote from the” Book of
Zechariah 14:12” and the later addition from member “prevenge” from the “Book of Revelations 9:6” may be about zombies.
I would like to discuss the how and why of a zombie apocalypse from the probable to the improbable, and the real possibilities of both a “28 Days
Later” type scenario (which we will call scenario A) involving living crazed cannibals who would only appear zombie like, and a more literal undead
walking corpse zombie scenario (which we will call scenario B). Even though it is extremely unlikely the undead type scenario could take place, it is
still feasible from a scientific stand point.
Unscientific, Spiritual and Speculative
Keeping in mind that we are discussing a biblical zombie plague, and for the skeptics and non-believers out their let us assume for argument sake that
the God spoken of in the bible is real. If true we are talking about a being of unimaginable power, if he wanted zombies he could make zombies. (Could
result in a type A or B scenario.)
2.The Truly Bizarre:
(This one I put in just for some of the UFO fanatics out their) Quite simply, aliens/dimensional beings. Assuming aliens are visiting us, and are a
vastly advanced as proposed. Then it would seem rather easy for them to create some kind of device that animates the dead as puppet soldiers or some
form of mind control on the living. Weather this control would be telepathic, telekinetic, nano-bots, or some unfathomable xeno-tech. If we assume
advanced aliens exist, and are visiting us, it seems likely that they could find a way to use our dead against us. (Could result in a type A or B
it is in no way out of the realm of possibility that chemical reactions could reanimate and stimulate recently dead tissue. The brain damage incurred
from the initial death would cause the subject to behave erratically and perhaps violently. Although the affects would be temporary, lasting only
hour, days, or weeks at most.
It should also be noted that mind altering drugs do exist, should some new drug be introduced whose side effects are unknown, it could cause extreme
hostility in its users. (Chemicals could result in a type A or B scenario.)
Viruses are very strange indeed, and some viruses can do some seemingly miraculous things. Some have been seen to reanimate dead cells for their use
in replication, alter the cell and how it functions, and could even change the cells respiration. Should all of these somewhat rare viral “gifts”
all be utilized by the same virus, and the person was infected on a massive scale, then one possible outcome would be the walking dead. (Not very
likely, but still very much in the realm of possibility.)
Here are some basics on viruses and the extreme effects they can have on cellular functions
It should also be noted that many viruses that affect the brain can cause disturbing, mind altering effects on its victims. Rabies usually only causes
aggression in its later stages, but can also cause photophobia, hydrophobia, hallucinations, delirium, and confusion. Another example is the West
Nile Virus which can cause personality changes, photophobia, and disorientation.
(Viruses could result in a type A or B scenario.)
3.Parasites: As many of you may already know there are a great many parasites in the natural world that have the ability to take over the minds of
Such as Toxoplasma gondii, Dicrocoelium dendriticum, Euhaplorchis californiensis, Spinochordodes Tellinii, and Leucochloridium paradoxum
Parasites lack the mutability and fast evolution of viruses and bacteria, so the idea of a presently living parasite suddenly mutating and attacking
humans and forcing them into a zombie like state is highly unlikely.
But a far more real threat exists in this area, military bioweapons. With our ability to alter genetics, being as advanced as it is, it could be
possible to form a new species of parasite which could cause high levels of aggression. The eggs and larvae could be implanted in a population via
fresh produce, drinking water, flu shots and other vaccines and inoculations, or even air born. Once in control of the subject’s brain it would
attempt to spread its young to others through saliva or bile. (Parasites could really only cause a type A scenario, It would take an extreme genetic
makeover, and a lot of imagination to create a parasite capable of causing a type B scenario.)
4.Prions: A recently discovered infectious agent, not much is known about prion diseases. The most infamous Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or Mad
Cows Disease) causes a wide variety of CNS symptoms. Prions work by deteriorating the brain slowly over time. Although prions could cause zombie like
symptoms in the living (staggering gate, slow responsiveness, aggression etc.) as far as we know prions have a low infection rate, and have extremely
long incubation periods. So prions disease is very unlikely but remotely possible. (Prions could cause a type A scenario)
So as we can see, even though a zombie like incident is fairly unlikely, it is not wholly out of the realm of possibility. Especially when we consider
the possibilities of manmade infectious agents.